Pier owner hits back after online parking criticism

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The flamboyant owner of Eastbourne Pier, who has been criticised on a Facebook page highlighting parking in disabled bays and inconsiderately across the town, says it was “a genuine mistake”.

People have been posting photos of Abid Gulzar’s gold coloured car parked in disabled bays in a supermarket car park and on double yellow lines in Eastbourne.

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The Facebook group which highlights inconsiderate parking in Eastbourne has more than 7,000 members and posts photos of parking in inappropriate places on the page.

After scores of people posted comments on Mr Gulzar’s parking, the hotelier, who bought Eastbourne Pier for an undisclosed amount before Christmas, told the Herald, “It was a genuine mistake.”

He also said, “Please also note, I am very sad and hurt to read some of the comments which were of very abusive and racial in nature.

“It only makes me question again where the society and our young generation is heading to. I have always believed Eastbourne to be my home and ‘til my last day will continue to work hard and keep investing in this town for its betterment.



“If the few abusive people feel that my confidence or commitment will be dampened by their remarks they can forget about it.

“I have the support of the majority who appreciate my hard work and I will continue to do so. The improvements I have made on the pier are already visible and I am thankful to local people who commends and supports me for it.”

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